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Amonsot: Horn's right hand can hurt Pacquiao

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MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Czar Amonsot, who on Monday sparred with Jeff Horn, singled out the Australian’s right hand as his best punch.

Horn, according to Amonsot, throws his signature punch with enough speed and power that it would be his main weapon against Manny Pacquiao when they collide in Brisbane on July 2.


“Jeff is explosive,” the 31-year-old Amonsot said in a report by Grantlee Kieza of The Courier-Mail after a 10-round sparring session with Horn.

Horn’s camp has enlisted the former ALA fighter as one of his sparmates because of the latter’s toughness—the now Australia-based Amonsot (34-3-3, with 22 KOs) is on a 12-fight winning streak—and familiarity with Pacquiao.

 A video posted by Kieza yesterday on Twitter showed Horn using his range and footwork to work on the southpaw Amonsot, who kept on charging at the Australian trying to land a looping left hand. But in the process, Amonsot had been on the receiving end of some blows from Horn.

Amonsot got a taste of Horn’s right straight, which is also the punch Pacquiao is most susceptible to.

“His [Horn’s] right-hand lead is fast and powerful. That’s a punch that could give Pacquiao a lot of trouble,” said the Tagbiliran City, Bohol-born fighter.

Horn will most likely rely heavily on that punch when he tries to take Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship at the Suncorp Stadium next month. 


McGregor vs Pacquiao?

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by Nick Giongco/Manila Bulletin

PACQUIAO: ‘Age is just a number.’ (Manila Bulletin)

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao can fill in for Floyd Mayweather in case the brash American fighter opts not to proceed with a crossover showdown with mixed-martial arts star Connor McGregor, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach said yesterday.

But Roach, who has trained Pacquiao since 2001, insists that the fight will have to be fought in a boxing ring as the duo gets ready for Jeff Horn on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia.

“Not in an octagon and boxing gloves will have to be used and boxing rules will be enforced,” Roach said during the PSA Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel.

“Manny is not trained in the ground game and wrestling although he loves to imitate Bruce Lee. But he is not a UFC fighter. He is a pure boxer,” said Roach when asked about the possibility of seeing Pacquiao slug it out with McGregor.

For a fight to happen, “it has to be a boxing match,” said the 57-year-old Roach.

There have been talks that Mayweather will go for an unprecedented win No. 50 against McGregor and Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum has also made it known that the Filipino eight-division champ can step up to the plate.

Talks about a McGregor fight swirled even as Pacquiao and Roach welcomed the arrival of a new sparmate from Mexico: Adrian Young.

Roach immediately put the 24-year-old Young to the test and did three rounds with Pacquiao, whom Roach, swears was getting better following his lackadaisical showing exactly a week ago.


Pacquiao to defend title against ‘The Hornet’

By Truth Esguerra, Correspondent

Filipino Boxing Legend Manny"Pacman" Pacquiao has signed on to fight undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender Jeff "The Hornet" Horn and defend his WBO welterweight title on July 1 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
"Manny has been a pioneer, bringing world title fights to Cowboys Stadium, The Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena and now Suncorp Stadium. We're boxing's version of Lewis & Clark, discovering new markets," said Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum. " Manny knows who will be the crowd favorite on July 1, but he can't wait to give Australia and the world a great performance. It's going to be unbelievable event."
Pacquiao, who has not fought since defeating World Champion Jessie Vargas last November in Las Vegas, was rumored to fight Amir Khan this April but the fight failed to come into fruition.
The 38-year-old Filipino boxing icon will be facing the 29-year-old Horn, who will be fighting Pacquiao for his first World Championship bout.
Pacquiao will remain the heavy favorite in this fight despite fighting in Horn's hometown.
The Brisbane native will be entering the bout having won his last three fights, all in 2016, against Ali Funeka, Rico Mueller and Randall Bailey inside the distance. They had a combined record of 105-14-4 when he fought them.
Horn is currently on a 13 fight win-streak and is currently ranked the best Pound-for-Pound boxer in Australia.
At one point in his young career,Horn unified the WBO, WBA, and IBF regional championship belts.
The Australian boxing contender has a record of 16 wins (11 KOs), and 1 draw.
Pacquiao has a record of 59 wins (38KOs), 6 losses (3 KOs), and 2 draws.
The battle between Pacquiao and Hornwill be promoted by Top Rank and Duco Events.
"The Battle of Brisbane" is expected to attract 55,000 fans and a record pay-per-view audience inAustralia. It will also be seen streamed live in the US.

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